Norwich City spoiled Brighton & Hove Albion's Championship-winning party in bizzarre circumstances on Friday evening - by scoring twice without registering a single shot on target!
The Canaries' 2-0 home victory over the Seagulls ensured that Chris Hughton's men would have to wait until next week at the earliest to finally lift English football's second tier title, but the only talking point from the clash at Carrow Road was how Norwich had managed to secure all three points without producing at least one shot on goal.
The stats published in the BBC's match report showed just how seemingly impossible Norwich's win was, as two own goals from Brighton keeper David Stockdale handed Alan Irvine's charges victory.
— Goodbrand Stats (@StatsChristian) April 22, 2017
Speaking in the wake of the baffling defeat, Hughton admitted he was lost for words with regards to how the home side had managed to notch two goals without forcing Stockdale into a single save during the entire 90 minutes.
He lamented: “Overall, we appreciate that there weren’t too many efforts from them. They’ve had two shots on target, and in theory they aren’t even classed as being on target.
“The second one [goal] came after a very good penalty appeal, which was turned down, and I’ve been told that it certainly was a penalty."
Norwich boss Irvine, meanwhile, stated that he felt for Stockdale due to his two own goals, and revealed that he would have preferred Alex Pritchard to have picked up two strikes to add to his own tally.
He said: "David Stockdale was unfortunate; I'm sure he'd much rather give them to Alex but unfortunately that won't happen.
"We've obviously seen it happen plenty of times once in the game, but to see it twice in the game with exactly the same players is unusual. We'll just say well done to Alex."
Despite both sides enjoying 50% of the possession, it was the away outfit that offered the greater attacking threat - 11 shots to Norwich's seven - with three of those producing stops from Norwich keeper John Ruddy.
The amusing nature of Norwich's win wasn't lost on football fans either, who took to social media in their droves to offer their thoughts on the made match:
— Ben Clarkson (@benc993) April 21, 2017
David Stockdale's back is in line for Norwich City's Player of the Season.
— The Albion Roar (P) (@albionroar) April 21, 2017
— Alex Cuthbert (@AlexCuffy26) April 21, 2017
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) April 21, 2017
Surely a first, rarest of stats in that Norwich won 2-0 tonight without a shot on target..? #NORBRI
— Harry Everett (@HarryEverett_14) April 21, 2017
Brighton will have the chance to finally lift the Championship trophy when they take on Bristol City on April 29.
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